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#617 of 716 Re: 2011 Explorer [wwest]
Jul 18, 2011 (8:36 am)
I can't quite decide whether you have a beef with Ford itself, with its latest incarnation of the Explorer as a crossover (or maybe the fact its no longer a truck chassis, traditional RWD-based 4WD system).....or maybe its just everything in general. My sense is the latter.
For years on this forum your tone has been one of negativity, "one-upsmanship" and much of the time....misinformation. Your never-ending conjecture and claims of "big business conspiracy against the consumer" have become so tiresome and really do detract from the spirit and purpose of this community--or at least my understanding thereof.
I'm not going to follow in the footsteps of others by asking "why" because it obviously doesn't matter, but maybe it's time for you to take your tired, old rhetoric and leave things be here. Go volunteer at a homeless shelter or soup kitchen, read to the elderly, help out at a local animal shelter....just do something constructive with your time.
#621 of 716 Re: 2011 Explorer [robr2]
Jul 18, 2011 (12:07 pm)
Yeah, you're right. It's just that after years of having to see it element over and over again, it does tend to get one one's nerves--and it's without any point either. It's a shame. I kinda' thought that's what moderators were for, but then again--maybe this is a very tolerant forum.
#623 of 716 Roof payload?
Aug 13, 2011 (5:40 am)
I will be traveling soon and am trying to figure out what type of rooftop carrier I need. In my searches online I have come across products that don't show cross bars and others that are mounted on cross bars.
Is it recommended to have cross bars if I am putting luggage on the roof? I am mostly concerned about damaging the roof if I do not use cross bars.
Is there a recommended weight limit on the roof without cross bars? I stumbled across a max limit of 165 pounds with the cross bars, I would assume the max weight limit (if any suggested) would be less than that without cross bars.
Any suggestions/advice? (I do not have the sun/moon roof)
Also, hard carrier vs. soft? I would only be using it once or twice a year, max.
#624 of 716 Re: Roof payload? [jhgiv]
Aug 13, 2011 (3:43 pm)
I have a 2011 Explorer and bought the Ford cross bars.
My Thule cargo box is pretty big and i have the sunroof.
I had to remove the roof rail spacers for the sunroof to move the front cross bar all the way forward so the box wouldn't hit the sunroof from flexing due the air pressure.
I just didn't crack the sunroof open after that while the box was up there.
Also, buy a hard shell carrier.
My BIL had the hard shell and another person in the identical Explorer(prior generation) had a soft carrier.
They stopped for fuel at the same time and the other Explorer took 5 more gallons each stop. Basically, the soft topper ran out of fuel first every time.
#625 of 716 Re: Roof payload? [jhgiv]
Aug 14, 2011 (9:04 am)
Two things to keep FIRMLY in mind:
1. SUV's, with their generally higher center of gravity, are statistically more prone to roll-over incidents/accidents than other passenger vehicles.
2. The Ford Explorer, in the past, had an unusual propensity for rollovers, so much so that the factory chose to under inflate (BAD idea, REALLY BAD IDEA) the tires as "compensation".
Adding more weight at the top will ALWAYS raise the propensity for rollovers, the higher that weight (on top of crossbars), the moreso.
#626 of 716 Re: Roof payload? [wwest]
Aug 14, 2011 (12:14 pm)
Explorer's rollover rate (as a percentage) was no worse than other SUVs like the Trailblazer.
The tire pressure wasn't compensation - it was for comfort. And without a defective tire it would not have been an issue.